Twitter, today, announced that Twitter Lite is now expanding to 21 more countries making a total of 45 countries. The app was first introduced last year with the goal of bringing in more users from emerging markets to Twitter.
Similar to other data-saving apps, like Facebook Lite or YouTube Go, Twitter Lite is designed to load faster on slower network connections, like 2G and 3G, and also has a smaller footprint, so it takes up less space on the phone.
The app was the result of a successful test in Philippines which happened in September last year. Today, the app is available to 21 countries including Argentina, Belarus, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Romania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
These countries join the existing markets such as Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Serbia, El Salvador, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Tanzania and Venezuela, in addition to the Philippines.
Lite users can turn on a Data saver mode that allows them to control which images or video load when browsing the network. Once enabled, you can load this content by tapping “Load Image” or “Load video,” as needed.
The app is also under 3MB in size, so it will load more quickly on slower networks. The app also includes mainstream Twitter features like Bookmarks, a darker “Night mode” theme, threads, and starting today, push notifications.
The expansion will open Twitter to more people, even though there’s not much demand. Download Twitter Lite for Android by clicking on the button below.